Children In Need And Newcastle United Foundation
Fundraisers all over the country will spend this weekend raising money for BBC Children in Need. Newcastle United Foundation’s Disability Football, which works with over 150 children each year, is delighted to be a beneficiary of support from the charity.
Disabled children often face particular disadvantages when it comes to participating in sport so through the funding we are able to providing opportunities in sport that can offer them the feeling of inclusion in their community.
In these sessions we work with children with complex health needs, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, sensory impairment, physical impairment and emotional and behaviour disorders.
The success of our project lies in being able to offer these children and young people the opportunity to get together to play and enjoy football with peers and friends. They can then enjoy sport without feeling different or excluded and are able to compete as equals.
Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Kate Bradley, said: “The support from BBC Children in Need allows us to work with an increasing number of young people every year and it’s fantastic to hear how much the sessions have helped them develop their skills and confidence.”
Elizabeth Myers, Regional Head at BBC Children in Need said: “The Foundation works incredibly hard on these sessions and the feedback we have had certainly highlights that all of their commitment does make a huge difference and has an impact on young people’s lives who face difficult challenges in life.”
Meet Alex and learn how Junior Deaf Football has benefitted him
Alex has a hearing impairment and attends a mainstream school. He has struggled to find a football team who could cater for and understand his hearing impairment.
He joined the Foundation’s Junior Deaf Football Club at Walker Activity Dome on Tuesday evenings when it began in November 2014. Here he has flourished, benefitting from our Foundation coaches’ expertise and use of BSL (British Sign Language).
Despite having only 11 one hour sessions and with some of the players having never in team football before, the team played in the northern regional Nation Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) deaf football tournament in Liverpool in March 2015. As a result of their excellent playing skills, they qualified for the national tournament in May 2015 which was played at the Nation Football Centre, St George’s Park. The publicity gained from their success has had a great impact in our area, attracting numerous new young players to the Deaf Football Club.
Alex’s mother Ceri commented ‘I just wanted to thank Newcastle United Foundation for making this club happen for deaf children. For believing in the ability and providing the sessions to enable deaf children to meet up every week. Their football skills and social skills have developed enormously, together with their confidence and helping them keep fit. To see Alex so eager to get ready for football and seeing him playing is amazing for us. What a massive difference it is to find a team for Alex and him playing football regularly compared to the last couple of years struggling to find somewhere to play. Thank you Newcastle United Foundation.”
The BBC Children in Need 2015 Appeal show is on BBC One on Friday 13 November. Click here for information on how to donate to Children in Need.
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